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I'm about to give in and take the Tylenol PM and collapse. Before that, here are two videos I keep wanting to share.
First, the explanation of why I think the name Cool Whip should be permanently changed to Cool Hwip:
Second, a video for the song that has been stuck in my head for several weeks - the original Men at Work cut of "Overkill". Unfortunately, this could be my new self appointed theme song.
First - the new Blogger photo tool is simply horrible. You upload them all at once but select them individually to put them in the post? I wasn't sure how you could take a terriribly designed function and make it worse, but now we have a stellar example.
Aside from "Blogger Gripe 2009", we took on painting and completely moving around everything in Sara's room this weekend. This is ahead of her birthday next Friday and stupid me said "Let's get it all done before her birthday party". There is nothing like popping Tylenol Arthritis like candy to make the weekend a delight.
Sara wanted "Smurf Blue" and she got it. Notice that Alex has already taken possession of the bed.
The High School Musical sheets have been deemed "not cool" and my mother's birthday gift to her is something that is cool so they are out right now making that purchase.
The other corner of the room. The wooden chest of drawers is mine - purchased for me in 1978. And, …
What a week and still two days left. The "TO DO" list is packed and the more I check off, the more I add on. I think I am close to having the rest of the year planned out. I always have to work looking 2 months into the future and the holidays are no exception. There will be exciting visits to exotic places like Knoxville TN, Charlotte NC, and Detroit. Yep - Detroit in November. That should do it for 2009 - from Thanksgiving through New Years, I should have no nights away from home. As crazy as this year as been, this is a much needed break from the road.
I am slowly piecing the home office back together and getting ready for the inevitable end of my office coming in March 2010. I salvaged some shelving today for storing my work tools and equipment here in the garage. I gave away my 4 year old computer armoire on Freecycle. 5 minutes after I posted it, I had a taker. This gave me the garage space I needed for my 'garage makeover'. The shelving is up with plenty of spa…
The last three days have been a blur and tomorrow we go back to our normal lives - work and school. The funeral service was today and by this evening we were dealing with loads of clothes and getting backpacks ready and sorting through bills to pay. I think I am more mentally tired than physically tired at this point. Now, we trudge forward and hope that "weather balloon dad" manages to keep Jon and Kate out of the news for just a few more days.
The call came early this morning. As much as you attempt to prepare, you always convince yourself that there will be more time. This morning, we lost my wife's grandmother. She moved here to town with my wife's parents a couple of years ago and though watching her decline over the last few months has been quite rough for us all, we were so fortunate to have the time to be so close. I am deeply grateful that our children got to be around their great-grandmother in the same manner that I grew up with mine. Selfishly, we hate to let go of someone who we love and who has meant so much to us but we celebrate the many great things she accomplished in her life and she has left us many wonderful memories and a true example of faith and strength.
With these things in mind, I share with you the scripture I have chosen to read tomorrow morning at church:
1 For we know that if our earthly house, this tent, is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in th…
I sit in front of a computer all day at work. This somewhat sucks the joy out of sitting in front of one in the evening. To make matters worse, the personal time on the PC seems to be turning into just as much work as actually being at work.
Example - balancing so many social networking sites and profiles. This has become an increasing burden. So, in going with the book I am currently reading (In Praise of Slowness by Carl Honore), I deleted my participation in the following time sucking websites tonight: Linkedin - I just see no point in it whatsoever. I fought even getting involved with it up until about a month ago and the endless messages from it are just plain annoying. Deleted. Gone. Classmates.com - what is the point? Those I care to be in touch with are on Facebook. Deleted. Gone. Google Profiles - deleted. I really need another way for people (robots) to find (spam) me.
I am also going to check my personal email only once a day moving forward. This is fairly easy to do some days a…
I'm back in Cincinnati for a short trip. I'm also half asleep from not sleeping well last night and from driving for the majority of the day. Plus, eastern time is a real booger. I am not staying up for "Big Bang Theory" since that would require being up late since it finishes at 10PM here! Nope - not doing that.
Cincinnati is a great place but I am always reminded of what a dumb move it was to move here in '96 - newly married - taking a job that had nothing to do with my degree just because of the $$.
Such a dumb move. It's odd to think about how one decision can completely alter your life.
Back in present time, things are holding together. I have a full day of work tomorrow but I'm already a tad ahead. Looks like I will have a rainy drive home Wednesday but I am getting out of here before the first really cool weather of the season drops in. It's only Monday but I am already looking forward to the weekend. My week is booked solid.
It's not much of a panoramic view since it is so tight up there. You can't really see all the wide open space but I am pleased that 90% of that stuff is holiday stuff and most of the floor is completely clear. I actually have about 50% less up there now than when we moved in 5 years ago. No Oprah hoarding episode for us unless you count my tote of Rodney the Reindeers or tote full of old high school junk.
I did finally purge all of the kids school papers. I kept the cute stuff. Everything else is gone. This was a tough one but I realized that I had saved every single paper they had brought home. In just K-1 for Lindsay and K-2 for Sara, that meant one full Glad ForceFlex bag. Yep - I had a problem there. Resolved!
I am heading to Cincinnati tomorrow morning and it looks like it will be rainy and yuk. I was hoping for better but the Zune is packed with podcasts and I know where to stop for good coffee. Let's hope the old Contour is…
I think that there is a weird correlation we could research and prove between the economy and the number of comedy shows on prime time TV. I believe that the networks have figured out that we're depressed enough at work and in daily life with the economy and the wars and the political junk that we need a lift at night.
I am not a drama fan at all. I've never watched an episode of Law and Order or Lost or CSI:Miami. I stopped watching House 4 years ago and may have seen 3 episodes of CSI. Last year, I was down to one night of prime time viewing (Monday) and Thursday had become quite optional since The Office was on a downward slope (too awkward).
Well, this year things have changed. Here's a summary of all of the stuff I am watching (Yes - this is all I watch) and thus wasting my precious time that I could be multitasking and working toward that Nobel Peace Prize:
Monday: The Big Bang Theory - here is a show that gets funnier every year and I was concerned with the season premi…
Some random thoughts for the day - served up like warm Chicken McNuggets..... I had energy up until yesterday. Today was pure blah and I think it is because of the terrible diet of restaurant food (from being on the road for 7 days) and junk food (from being too unmotivated to fix something real when not on the road) that has finally caught up with me. Too many carbs - too much sugar. I need to get all of that under control and I need to cut out the sodas. I probably need to at least start walking or get some sort of exercise. Now, I'm pooped. Maybe I just need to go to bed early and cut my losses.Speaking of being on the road, I head out again Monday morning for a three day visit to Cincinnati. I actually like Cincinnati and have the benefit of knowing my way around (from having lived there what seems like a lifetime ago). Knowing your way around is quite a plus. I have not mastered Richmond, Virginia. I am slightly getting better with Miami and Orlando.My DVR is also slowly filli…
Jump back in time to 1980 with these two clips from "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon"! I hope that Jimmy will keep bringing back some of my old favorites like this that we just never see any more.
Here's "Sailing" which was an web-only extra. Yes - I did once have a Christopher Cross jacket that had "Sailing" on it. I must find a picture of that jacket!
Here's "Ride Like the Wind" with a special appearance by Michael McDonald! (Who knew Christopher Cross could rock out on guitar like this. Maybe he's trying to make sure this song gets on the next edition of Guitar Hero?")
Not SNL - my actual weekend update. We're still out of town and went to a wedding today which was quite nice - not that I have a scale to rate weddings or anything. There has been very little stress over this entire trip and I hope I don't jinx the remainder of it by writing that. I think the lack of stress can be attributed to all the allergy meds I am taking. I'm just floating around doing whatever is suggested and I'm getting a decent amount of rest. No staying out 'til midnight for me. I'll have some random pics to post later. For now, this is all. Over and out. Time for sleep.
Have I mentioned that more rain is on the way? The 20 inches last month just wasn't enough. It hasn't rained since Sunday and everything in my yard is still wet! The ground still squishes when I walk out there. Enough weather - today I decided that I needed to wear something different to the wedding this weekend.
The problem - I have expanded regularly for the last few years. I work it off and then eat away the stress and the stress is winning! (I am craving Dunkin Donuts right now - a big maple doughnut and a large coffee. Yet, I am resisting since I am afraid of what the night crew there might do to the coffee.)
So, for the last few weddings and other suit-wearing events, I have worn my dad's suit. That's right - I expanded out of my own suit and borrowed a suit from my Dad because I was thinking my newly found "build" would be only temporary. Uh huh.
After 5 stores, I picked up a grey (or gray) blazer at Target and it actually fits! (46 R - just like my '…